Carnival Legend Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars 4.0
  • Expert Rating:3.5-stars 3.5
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.7
    • Couples: 3.6
    • Families w/ young children: 3.7
    • Families w/ older children: 3.7
    • Singles/Friends: 3.6
    • Groups: 3.7
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Refurbished: 2014
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,062
  • Restaurants: 3
  • Pools: 4

How it Ranks: Carnival Legend ranks #1 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Introduced in 2002 (and updated in 2011 and 2014), the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend maintains a nearly 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio, offering a higher level of personalization than you might expect on Carnival's larger 3,000-passenger ships. Of Carnival Legend's 1,062 staterooms, 80 percent offer ocean views — and 80 percent of those cabins feature balconies. At 185 square feet, Interior Staterooms offer the most budget-friendly lodging option, and each comes appointed with a flat-screen TV and a minibar stocked with beer, liquor and wine. But reviewers agree those in search of prime ocean vistas and plenty of room to sprawl would likely be better served by a 230- to 465-square-foot Balcony or Suite category stateroom. In terms of dining, with two main dining rooms, two specialty venues and the Lido Buffet (stocked with pizza, chicken fingers and more), travelers have plenty of options. That said, past cruisers especially praise the high-quality cuisine and top-notch service at ship's specialty restaurants: Bonsai Sushi restaurant and the Steakhouse (not included in the cruise rate). Those with a sweet tooth can stop by Cherry On Top for their candy fix or the Coffee Bar for a milkshake, pastry or slice of cake. What's more, Carnival Legend's wide array of onboard entertainment and activities satisfies the multigenerational crowd. Young ones (ages 2 to 17) can head to the organized clubs for activities like bingo and dance parties while adults sample Carnival's signature brew at the RedFrog Pub, attend a show at the comedy club or hit the casino.

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Carnival Legend Cabins

Carnival Legend offers a wide range of accommodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Carnival Legend Deck Plans

Carnival Legend contains 12 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Legend deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.